Video Conferencing Etiquette: Don’t Swivel That Chair
At Pipeline Video Solutions, we’re passionate about effective, efficient meetings. That’s why we offer web conferencing software to turn distance meetings into truly collaborative experiences. Today we continue our series on video conferencing do’s and don’ts to help you ensure you’re on your best video conferencing behavior!
Don’t carry on side conversations
If you couldn’t get away with it in a face-to-face meeting, then you shouldn’t do it in a virtual one. That includes tuning out of the present conversation to talk to someone else sitting next to you, on the phone, in an IM chat, anywhere and anybody not in the current meeting.
Do keep body movements minimal
Try to talk with your hands a bit less. No swiveling in your chair or twirling your hair. Don’t fiddle with a necklace and don’t wiggle. Be calm.
Do speak clearly
A audio check should be done before the virtual meeting begins to ensure that everyone can hear you. Don’t mumble, speak naturally, be prepared with notes if you’re presenting.
Don’t make distracting sounds
Your focus should always be on the person or people at the other end of your video conference. Avoid typing on your keyboard, turn off all sounds on your phone, and close yourself into a room with no or minimal background noise. Callers don’t want to hear your puppy or the cartoons in the background.